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Tips On Finding The Right Plumber

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

As important as having urgent plumbing work done on time is finding the right plumber. Experience, qualifications, and specialities should all be given consideration. Failing to do so may lead to unforeseen circumstances and consequences such as the problem which initially required a plumber not being adequately fixed, further damage being done to your water and gas systems, and warrantees being invalidated. Nevertheless, finding the right plumber does not need to be a difficult process, and we would be happy to advise on how you can go about achieving this.

At a most basic level, it is very important that your plumber is either properly qualified, or an apprentice working under supervision. A good starting point for qualifications is a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification. This is equivalent to A-Level standard, and qualifies a plumber to undertake most types of work in a domestic setting. This is the most basic qualification British plumbers tend to hold, but many will also hold a Level 3 NVQ.

Some plumbers are also members of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. Membership is only granted if evidence of core competencies can be provided, meaning that this can be a highly effective benchmark of professionalism. Institute members are often kept fully abreast of latest industry developments, and can provide the level of expertise you are looking for. However, many competent plumbers do not go on to join CIPHE or other similar professional organisations. Not doing so does not automatically detract from their level of skill, and this is only one factor to consider.

We would also encourage potential customers to do their due diligence on potential plumbers and plumbing companies before engaging their services. Customer testimonials are a great starting point for this, and WeFIX has extensive positive reviews on both Google and Trust Pilot. All of our tradespeople are either fully qualified or undertaking a supervised apprenticeship with us, and highly experienced. We look forward to hearing from you soon, and hope we can support your next plumbing need.

Why You should Have A Plumbing Inspection Before Buying A Home

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

If you are in the process of buying a home, then congratulations! This is a momentous and exciting life occasion we wish you the best of luck and success in. As you will know by now, buying a home – be it a flat or a house – can be a complex and time-consuming procedure. From working with a mortgage advisor, conveyancer, or solicitor, there are any number of tasks you must complete before exchanging and moving into your new home. One of these should always be having a plumbing inspection. This is simply good practice, and can lead to significant financial savings in the longer term if properly carried out.

For a moment, consider all the thought and attention to detail that goes into a house or flat viewing. You will likely spend considerable amounts of time inspecting kitchen surfaces, flooring, paintwork, and room sizings and dimensions. If you do not like something, then you will either find a way to change it in a way that suits your tastes, or discount the property as a whole. If wallpaper or carpets can make or break a property deal when they are so superficial, how much more important are the systems that provide you with running water and keep you warm?

The condition a house’s plumbing is in can impact its value, and it is not unheard of for unscrupulous sellers to lie about this to inflate the value of their property. This is particularly common when plumbing systems are in a very poor condition, and repairs would be expensive for the next owner.

By having a plumbing inspection before buying a home, you will be able to partially validate whether it is being sold at an accurate price, as well as whether or not you will have to undertake any works on it if you decide to make a purchase. This may also have duty of care implications if you are buying to let to commercial tenants.

Having a plumbing inspection does not need to be a difficult process. It will be carried out by a qualified plumber who will provide you with a full report about your potential property’s plumbing that goes into far more detail than a usual builder’s report. This will also include a cost analysis of any potential repairs, but these will often be covered by the seller’s insurance meaning you do not need to pay for them yourself.

Our plumbers have extensive experience in conducing these surveys. For more information on how we can help survey a property’s plumbing, please email info@wefixonline.co.uk.

What Are The Benefits Of Getting A Powerflush?

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Powerflushes are one of the most common plumbing procedures our tradespeople carry out. While powerflushes may initially seem significant or even intimidating, this is not the case. They are in fact a very routine and usually straightforward procedure that should be no cause for concern. We are very experienced in powerflushing and will be able to resolve this for you in no time at all.

Over time, central heating systems and components often become clogged and obstructed by various forms of dirty, debris, and rust. As central heating systems require the ability to have clear circulation, blockages and obstructions can often undermine their efficacy. Signs of blockages and obstructions may include leaking pipes, foul-smelling water being released from radiators during bleedings, noisy boilers, radiator cold spots, and ultimately boiler failure. If these signs are observed, then your central heating system would likely benefit from a professional powerflush.

Powerflushing is the fastest and most effective way to unblock a heating system. It entails connecting a special pump to your heating system, then flushing a specially formulated chemical blend through your pipes. This has the effect of removing rust, destroying limescale, and safeguarding against internal rusting. Once this has been achieved, clean water will be pumped through the piping to ensure that contaminated liquid is properly removed.

Powerflushing rarely takes longer than a day in most properties, but duration is usually dependent on how big they are and the size of their central heating system. As a general rule, the smaller the property, the faster the powerflushing. Powerflushing should only ever be conducted by a properly qualified engineer. It entails using potentially dangerous chemicals, may cause lasting damage to your central heating if you make a mistake, as well as potentially invalidating any manufacturer’s warrantee.

There are multiple benefits to powerflushing your central heating. The most obvious is that efficiency will improve, allowing your property to be heated more effectively and at lower cost. Powerflushing is also an important part of central heating maintenance and can play an important role in prolonging your heating system’s lifespan. Powerflushing at regular intervals (we recommend once every five years) is one of the best and most effective ways of maintain a central heating system. By preventing problems from accumulating and increasing over time, leads to long-term savings as it is less likely that your whole system will need to be replaced.

WEFIX ATTENDS BRITISH ARMY VETERANS’ RECRUITING EVENT

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Last week, WeFIX attended an online job fair for Service leavers and veterans organised by RAJA, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association Job Agency. Other organisations represented including Veolia, Serco, and The UK Atomic Energy Authority.

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are the British Army’s premier pool of technical and engineering experts, and RAJA supports their personnel in finding sustainable employment post-military service.

Austin Sharp, Managing Director of WeFIX says: “As a company, attracting the best employees and sub-contractors as possible is one of our priorities as we look to expand and grow. We also try to give back to society, and supporting veterans allows us to meet both of these objectives. While we help those who served us in uniform enter meaningful and sustainable employment, we are also able to benefit from the technical skills and attributes they develop in the armed forces.”

Warrant Officer Class 1 Craig Ham, RAJA Engineering Retention and Resettlement Consultant says: “The Royal and Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is committed to supporting its personnel through and past their time in uniform. We are proud to do everything we can to support a successful transition into civilian life, and recognise that sustainable employment is key to this. Ultimately, RAJA exists to connect REME service leavers, veterans and reservists with prospective employers, so we always welcome new industry partners such as WeFIX.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Austin Sharp is available for interview. To organise, please email info@wefixonline.com, or call 07875196708.

About WeFIX:

Based in Richmond, WeFIX Services Ltd is one of South London’s leading property services companies. With an expanding staff and area of operations, it offers clients a range of services including plumbing, heating, electrics, roofing, and drainage. WeFIX supports a range of charitable causes in the community, and offers school-leavers a very popular apprenticeship scheme.

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Landlord Gas Safety: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

As a landlord, you have a duty to protect the property as well as the tenants living in it at any given time. While there are many factors to consider, the gas safety elements are probably your greatest responsibility. After all, you can never be too careful when dealing with gas appliances.

Let WeFix talk you through the good, the bad, and the ugly so that you’ll know exactly what to expect as a landlord.

The Good

UK laws regarding rental properties are very clear, and there are ultimately three areas that every landlord should concentrate on. These are;

Maintenance: The covers appliances, pipework, flues, and chimneys. All appliances should be serviced annually – unless stated otherwise in the manufacturer’s

guide. However, you are not responsible for appliances owned by the tenants.

Gas Safety: Gas safety checks must be conducted annually and can take place between 10-12 months. It’s imperative that they are carried out by a fully qualified Gas Safety engineer. Again, you are not held responsible for tenant-owned appliances.

Record: Certificates should be provided to new tenants when they start their agreements and existing tenants with 28 days of the safety check taking place. Documents should be stored for two years.

Furthermore, since replacing CORGI in 2009, the Gas Safe Register makes every aspect a lot clearer for everyone involved – not least you, the landlord.

The Bad

It’s very easy to forget about the gas safety, especially when you don’t live in the property. Moreover, it can be difficult for you to notice the problems, meaning you’ll have to rely on the tenants to make them known. In addition to annual checks, you should always provide carbon monoxide monitors.

Gas safety can be an expensive job if you choose the wrong type of service too, not least if the engineer doesn’t boast the skills or experience needed to do the job well. While a friend or acquaintance may think they know what they’re doing, taking this route is never advised.

Worse still, problems that stem from the gas appliances and pipework can (if left untreated) escalate into something worse and even affect other parts of the property. Addressing your responsibilities with the help of a Gas Safety Registered engineer is the only solution.

The Ugly

Gas safety is an incredibly important aspect for any property, and not only because there are legal obligations. In August 2018, a landlord escaped jail over inadequate gas safety. However, many landlords have faced fines and worse repercussions due to mistakes in this field.

More importantly, though, as with the above case in Plymouth, poor gas safety can put lives at risk. Forget being a landlord; could you handle the guilt of being responsible for someone’s illness or death?

If the answer is no, the best thing you can do is ensure that all gas safety responsibilities have been adhered to. WeFix provides a fast, affordable, and comprehensive service provided by fully qualified engineers. Give us a call today to get your gas safety regulations under control.

Get your gas inspected by WeFIX professional gas engineers!

11 Ways to Completely Revamp Your Bathroom

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Bathroom renovations and remodels are such brilliant ways of giving your home a real boost. If you’re thinking about a new bathroom installation, then here are 11 different ways you can completely revamp this room:

Implement mood lighting

There are loads of themes and ideas you can follow, but one simple thought is to implement mood lighting. Get lights installed that you can easily dim, and make sure you get some put around the bathroom mirror as well.

Install underfloor heating

This is such a simple idea, but it packs a very potent punch. If you’re wondering what to do with your new bathroom installation, then think about installing underfloor heating. This means your bathroom tiles will be nice and toasty, and you save space by not needing an ugly radiator!

Switch up the flooring

Speaking of the bathroom floor, why don’t you switch things up and install a different type of flooring? If you’ve had tiles for ages, then maybe change to a vinyl floor?

Use rugs wisely

Another effortless way you can revamp your bathroom and change the way it looks is by getting some bathroom rugs. Make sure you use these wisely – don’t go overboard and put rugs everywhere!

Get a new sink

In most homes, the sink area will be the first thing to get grimy and old in a bathroom. There could be rust and mould everywhere, and the best thing to do is to replace the whole thing. As part of your bathroom installation, you can get a brand new sink fitted with new taps and everything. It will transform your bathroom!

Install a wet room

A wet room is basically a large walk-in shower with plenty of room inside. Installing one of these in your bathroom can totally revamp it and make it more modern and stylish. Plus, it can make the room feel much bigger as well.

Change the wall tiles

Wall tiles are guilty of attracting mould very quickly. As a result, you end up with a filthy looking bathroom. So, why not revamp yours by changing the tiles to something better? These days, you can get grout-free ones that will never ever be burdened by mould.

Upgrade your mirror

Mirrors are an essential part of the bathroom, so they can’t be neglected. Upgrade yours by either getting something bigger or merely framing your existing mirror. This seems like such a tiny change, but it will genuinely revamp your bathroom.

Include a statement piece

During your new bathroom installation, you should think about putting a statement piece in there. This could be a large new bathtub, a fancy sink, or even a chandelier light – the choice is yours, but the aim is to have something that’s the centre of everyone’s attention.

Decide on a new colour theme

Change the colour of your bathroom if you really want to improve how it looks and feels. Consider something like monochrome, bright colours, or anything that suits your home best.

Now, you should have plenty of bathroom installation ideas that will totally revamp the place. Give any of them a try if you want to take an old bathroom to new heights!

Need help with your bathroom renovation? Contact us for a free quote!

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How to Get Hired as a Handyman

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Working as a handyman means you need to be skilled in many different areas. You should be someone people can rely on to come in and fixed an issue as quickly and professionally as possible. Naturally, this line of work can be highly competitive as there are always other handymen looking for jobs at the same time as you. So, how do you ensure that you’re the one that gets hired?

In this blog post, we will run through some simple tips to help you stand out from the crowd and get hired as a handyman.

Create A Job Portfolio

Think of this as a CV, but better. The benefit of a portfolio is that it allows you to showcase previous projects that you’ve worked on. For example, you can show before and after pictures of a job that you took on and completed successfully. It’s a straightforward way of showcasing your talents and proving that you have the skills required. Plus, it’s a great indicator of how much experience you have as well. The bigger the portfolio, the more experienced you tend to be, which is a big advantage for you.

Provide References

There’s no better way of showing how good you are as a handyman that providing references from previous clients. This is where your old clients talk about how great you are and what a fantastic job you did for them. Yes, a portfolio is great at showing your skills, but nothing drives the point home quite like other people singing your praises.

Broaden Your Skills

A handyman that specialises in one specific area of work isn’t going to be that handy. So, if you want to get hired, then you need to develop and broaden your skills. Don’t just focus on the common DIY home improvement fixes; add plumbing to your arsenal, or become an expert bathroom fitter as well. The more you can do, the more likely it is that someone will want to hire you as you provide excellent value for money.

Offer Free Incentives

If you really want to stand out from the crowd, then you need something to help lure people in. One way to do this is with free incentives. It’s simple, you can offer people certain services free of charge, as an incentive to hire you. For example, you could provide a free survey or a free initial consultation. It’s a simple idea, but it makes you a more attractive prospect.

Make Sure You Have A Website

Last but not least, you need to have a modern and professional website. This is a great place to but your work portfolio – along with customer testimonials. Plus, it makes you look far more professional, which helps to build trust.

Try all of these ideas if you’re looking to get hired as a handyman. Here at WeFix, we’re currently looking for qualified gas engineers, plumbers, and bathroom fitters. If you think you’ve got the skills and experience to take on any of these roles, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away.

At What Point Should You Change Your Boiler?

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Your boiler is the beating heart of your home’s heating and your most important line of defence when winter sets in. As unpalatable as it may seem, we’ve had our allocated dose of British sunshine, and now it’s time to prepare for the colder months. While we wave goodbye to the last vestiges of summer, many of us will be keeping our windows and doors shut, creeping up into the loft to check the state of our insulation and bleeding our radiators. Yet, although these are important and sensible things to check on as we approach October, they will amount to little if you don’t address the most important part of your home’s heating apparatus.

We all know that the boiler is a complicated and delicate machine and as such many of us give it a wide berth, simply entrusting it to do its job without any intervention on our part. If we’re particularly well organised we may even get it serviced once a year but we still interact with it as little as possible. Still, if we don’t know the signs of an ailing boiler, the consequences for our homes could be dire…

What happens if you don’t know the signs?

If you fail to spot the signs that your boiler may be on its way out, it could present a hazard not only to your home but to your wellbeing. Failing boilers can develop water leaks, leak potentially harmful natural gas into the home or (in some rare cases) even explode. To ensure a warm and safe home, you should check your boiler every year for signs that it may need to be replaced.

Age

If your boiler is 15 years old or over, it’s seriously recommended that you replace it. Older boilers can develop faults and cracks in the pipework which can prove disastrous to your home or at the very least impede its efficacy. Loss of water pressure caused by leaks from aged and eroded components can make your boiler expensive and inefficient, costing you more money the longer you leave it.

Pilot light burning the wrong colour

Your boiler’s pilot light should burn a healthy blue. But if the visible flame inside is instead yellow, this may signify that your boiler is on its way out. A blue flame indicates complete combustion while a yellow or red flame demonstrates that the boiler is not getting enough air for proper combustion. If left unattended this can lead to excessive soot buildup and smoke which can render your boiler unsafe.  

Strange noises or smells

Strange smells emitting from your boiler can also point to improper combustion and the possibility of an internal blockage impeding the healthy blue flame you should be looking for. On the other hand, groaning, knocking or banging noises can imply that your boiler is no longer fit for purpose.

Noticeable loss of heat

Finally, and perhaps most obviously, if you’ve begun to notice that your boiler is taking longer than in previous years to heat your home or your home gets less hot with each passing year, it may be that your boiler needs to be replaced.

Get in touch now to see how we can help by repairing, servicing or replacing your ailing boiler!

How To Become A Plumber?

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Plumbers will always be in demand. Both businesses and private individuals need plumbers to carry out important work, from emergency repairs to installing new plumbing. By becoming a plumber, you can set yourself up with not just a steady career but also a well-paying job that could eventually take you into owning your own business.

There are various routes that you might take to become a plumber, whether you want to study first or start working right away and learn on the job.

If you want to become a plumber, this guide will give you an idea of how to achieve your ambitions.

What Skills Do You Need to Be a Plumber?

You can gain the qualifications and experience that you need to become a plumber, but it’s useful if you have some qualities and skills that help you to be successful.

For example, having good problem-solving skills can help you to be a good plumber. Physical fitness is helpful because it can be a fairly physical job when you can spend a long time standing or fitting into awkward spaces.

Attention to detail, good customer service skills, and patience are all good qualities to have too.

Before you start training to become a plumber, it’s more important to think about what qualities you have, rather than what you know about plumbing.

While it’s helpful if you have basic qualifications, such as GCSEs, and some skills such as numeracy, it’s more important to think about your personality and your interest in plumbing when trying to decide whether becoming a plumber could be right for you.

Plumbing Qualifications

Many people start their career path to becoming a plumber by taking a course at a college or sixth form. This might be a purely educational course but it is often combined with an apprenticeship so that you can work and earn while you’re learning.

Some of the most common qualifications to gain include an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 2 or Level 3. You might start with a diploma or certificate, such as the Plumbing Craft Level 3 Diploma from City and Guilds, which can help you to get started if you’re a complete beginner and give you a taste of what you can learn.

To be approved by various official bodies or even business groups, you will often need to have an NVQ Level 2 in England and Wales and an SVQ Level 3 in Scotland, although there are other acceptable qualifications too.

Make sure that your qualifications come from an accredited provider so that they’re recognised by employers and official bodies.

An NVQ Level 2 includes a work placement and guided learning. To find a place on a course, you’ll need to take a test to show how good you are with numbers and your scientific ability too. NVQ Level 2 courses include diplomas in Plumbing and Heating, and Installing and Maintaining Domestic Heating Systems.

To pass the course, you’ll have to complete assessments and exams. You also need to submit a portfolio of work and complete workplace assessments.

An NVQ Level 3 can take three years to complete. It’s a good choice if you already have some skills, knowledge and experience. It gives you several options for specialising, with six different pathways available.

You can choose from:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating (Gas Fired Warm Air Appliances)
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating (Gas Fired Water and Central Heating Appliances)
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Heating
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Heating (Gas Fired Warm Air Appliances)
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Heating (Gas Fired Warm Air Appliances)

You also need to complete assessments and exams to get the qualification and become a fully qualified plumber.

Plumbing Apprenticeships

It’s extremely common to do an apprenticeship when you’re training to become a plumber. The best way to learn is to get on the job experience, and you can work towards your qualifications at the same time.

If you want to complete a plumbing apprenticeship, it’s a good idea to look online to see what’s available in your area.

Some colleges offer apprenticeships by partnering with local employers to offer you education and work experience. You might want to take a look at your local council’s website, and you can also find apprenticeships on the gov.uk Government website. Job websites are also good places to find available positions and find out how you can apply for them.

Apprenticeships are available at different levels and can go all the way up to a Master’s degree. However, a plumbing apprenticeship is likely to be a lower level, although you might want to look into the degree options that are available.

To become an apprentice, you will usually require a certain number of GCSEs, often including Maths and English and grade D or above. You will work with a qualified plumber who will show you the ropes and either spend some of your days (or half days) at college, or attend college in the evenings.

A lot of people choose to take a Level 1 or 2 college course before completing an apprenticeship, and then might complete a Level 3 course during their apprenticeship.

Plumbing Engineer Degree Courses

Another option that some people consider is getting a degree to become an engineer, and working with the design and management of plumbing and public health.

Some people progress to completing a degree after having trained as a plumber and gaining experience. Above NVQ Level 2 and 3, you can complete an NVQ Level 4 or a bachelor’s degree in engineering, which are equivalent levels of qualification.

Then there’s the possibility of an honours degree/NVQ Level 5 and NVQ Level 6 (or higher level degrees) if you’re considering more senior positions.

If you want to become a plumber, there are a few routes that you might take. Most people begin with a college course or an apprenticeship to get some hands-on experience.

10 No-Fuss Ways to Figuring Out Your Boiler

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

When boiler problems strike, you need to figure out what’s wrong immediately. The longer it goes unattended, the more of a problem it becomes. Bearing that in mind, here are ten straightforward ways of figuring out your boiler:

Check for leaks

A good place to start is by checking your boiler for signs of any leaks. If you find them, then this shows something is wrong – and it’s usually an issue with an internal piece of the boiler. Don’t try and fix any leaks yourself, it’s better to call in a certified professional engineer to do it for you.

Look at the pressure level

If the pressure gauge is below 1, then you definitely have a problem. Call out a pro to carry out essential boiler maintenance right away.

Inspect the condensation pipe

Every boiler has a condensation pipe that mainly helps to transport loads of bad stuff out of your boiler. It commonly runs into issues and can freeze during the winter. When this happens, it leads to significant functionality problems. It’s an easy pipe to identify as it tends to be the only one that’s plastic and leads outside to a drain. Check it and see if it’s damaged or frozen.

Check the thermostat

A crucial part of boiler maintenance is checking the thermostat to see if it’s working. All you have to do is look at it and ensure it’s switched on and showing the right temperature. If it’s not on or the temperature looks way too inaccurate, then you should call in an engineer to take a look.

Monitor your boiler to see if it keeps switching off

If your boiler is always switching on and off, then there’s definitely a problem with it. Normally, it’s due to low water pressure, but it could also be an issue with the water flow or thermostat. Regardless, you should call in an engineer right away when you notice this problem.

Check your hot water taps

Check your hot water taps to see if they’re warming up. If not, then your boiler has a problem and needs to be fixed.

Feel your radiators

Give the radiators in your home a feel to see if they’re heating up equally. Often, you find there are cold patches, which indicates issues with the air distribution from your boiler. Luckily, you more often than not just need to bleed your radiators to fix this problem.

Listen out for whistling noises

Your boiler should make some noises, but you need to listen out for any loud banging and rumbling sounds coming from it. This is often called kettling as it sounds like a kettle boiling. This usually shows there’s a problem with the heat exchange, so call in an engineer to do some routine boiler maintenance.

Check the gas supply

Take a look at the boiler and also look at any gas appliances to see if they’re working. If not, then you have a boiler issue on your hands.

Look at the pilot light

A pilot light is basically a small gas burner that’s a massive part of your boiler. If yours goes out, then you will ultimately see problems.

By learning what to look out for with your boiler, you can quickly figure out what problems are occurring. If you need someone to help with general boiler maintenance, then please contact us today!

The Home Renovation Trends of 2019

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

With 2018 soon coming to a close, interior designers and homeowners alike are looking towards 2019 with fresh ideas in mind. As with any industry, home renovations generally follow trends that are now mostly spread through the internet. Unique ideas and innovative furniture often shape home renovation trends for the next year, so here are some of the up and coming designs and trends to expect.

Open Kitchen Shelves

Gone are the days of closed cupboards. Minimalist designs are still in, but people are starting to get a little more creative by utilising open kitchen shelves instead. It may seem like a pain to dust off now and then, but it’s a great concept for dishware like glass and plates which are used often enough that dust and grime won’t have a chance to accumulate.

It’s still best to keep expensive and lesser-used items in a cupboard, but having your most-used utensils and kitchenware displayed on a shelf is a fantastic decor idea. Just be careful not to start using it for things like seasonings and herbs–you can get dedicated kitchen storage for those!

Matte Textures

For a while, designers and homeowners were obsessed with ultra-reflective surfaces. After all, reflecting light around the home is good and it means we get bigger and brighter rooms–right? Well, to some degree the reflective surfaces can be a little overdone.

Glossy surfaces and appliances can get a little tacky, and they’re a little impractical considering the amount of cleaning you need to do to make them look great all the time. Instead, people are now switching to matte surfaces that, while they don’t necessarily reflect light as much, look much more natural, hide fingerprints and dirt for a better appearance, and are ultimately easier to manage while still looking amazing.

In 2018, we saw a lot of neutral colour palettes and design schemes that focused on creating light and bright atmospheres. However, as we move closer to 2019 (and also towards winter) trends are starting to shift towards darker tones. Not only does it add a classy touch to your home, but it goes well with the concept of matte textures.

Dark colours are ultimately easier to manage and there’s a lot more experimentation with dark tones as opposed to the bright palettes we’ve seen this year.

Overlapping Functions

Due to rising house prices and increased demand for studio and single-bedroom housing, more and more people are finding themselves in small and cramped apartments. However, this doesn’t mean you need to settle for those boring and tired designs that the landlord has given you. Instead, people are starting to take advantage of “less is more” and introducing overlapping functions that are not only space-saving designs, but can also bring down walls and make your home more open.

We saw this in the past with open-plan kitchens and in 2018, we’ve been seeing fewer separate dining rooms. As the years go on, we might start seeing more merged conservatories, more walk-in garages that are attached to the home and perhaps even master bedrooms that have cut-out areas as en-suite bathrooms.

Our Favourite Festive Kitchen Hacks

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Here at We Fix, we believe that the kitchen should be considered a central focus of your home at all times. Nevertheless, those feelings are stronger than ever around the festive period.

You’ll be spending more time indoors due to weather while the prospect of hosting loved ones and cooking incredible food is a key feature of the festivities. This makes it the perfect time to upgrade your kitchen with a few simple hacks for immediate and long-term rewards. Here are 10 of the best:

1. Get a slow cooker:

The oven is likely to be full on the big day, but a slow cooker will soon solve this problem by allowing you to create tasty sides with minimal fuss. It’ll also make life a lot simpler when wanting to make the most of your leftovers.

2. Create extra storage:

Your kitchen will be bursting with food and drink at this time of the year. From adding extra storage underneath the hanging cupboards to hanging a rack behind the kitchen door, every little helps.

3. Embrace the festive items:

If you’ve purchased festive crockery and utensils, their influence needn’t be limited to mealtimes. Use shelves to display those bowls and plates while using a utensil stand to show off those special festive items.

4. Decorate house plants:

Small potted plants are a common feature of the modern kitchen. Decorate yours with a little tinsel or a handful of lights to bring the festive vibe without consuming any extra counter space.

5. Protect the pipes:

Increased heating bills are one of the worst things about the winter period. Covering pipes with foam lagging is a quick and easy job that will make a significant difference to your bank balance. Perfect.

6. Upgrade to LED lighting:

With the winter evenings drawing in so early, this is the perfect time to make the switch to LED spotlights. Their brighter, offer greater versatility and are cheaper to run. What more could you ask for?

7. Open the oven:

While the natural urge is to shut the oven straight after cooking, the heat generated from it can be used to make the room feel more comfortable. It’s a simple idea, but it works wonders.

8. Get a travel island:

A static island is a great addition to the kitchen, especially if you wish to interact while completing tasks. However, a travel island can be used in smaller kitchens and offers added function and versatility. Perfect.

9. Add servery windows:

While this is a slightly more extensive upgrade, the impacts can be huge as you’ll be able to open the kitchen up to the living room to maintain interaction with the living room at all times. Yet, they can still be shut, which makes them better than going open plan.

13 Questions You Might Be Afraid to Ask About Kitchen Renovation

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

There’s nothing more satisfying than preparing home cooked meals in a beautifully renovated kitchen that’s not only outfitted with all the latest mod cons and designed with your convenience in mind but is utterly gorgeous to behold. Still, the prospect of completely renovating such an integral part of the home is a serious project, the scope of which may be daunting to many.

For your peace of mind, we’ve prepared a list of 14 burning questions that you wanted to know about kitchen renovation… But might have been too afraid to ask…

How long does it take?

It depends on the size of the project. Usually the collaboration on the design process, where we work together to design your dream kitchen takes 2-3 weeks. It usually takes 4-6 weeks for the materials to be ordered and delivered, 1 week to remove / demolish old materials, and 4-6 weeks for installation and finishing touches.

What if I’m not sure what I want?

Some customers come to us with a specific idea of the kitchen of their dreams, but a great many have only a few vague ideas. In either case, our design team will work tirelessly with you to determine the perfect kitchen for your personal tastes.

What’s the “kitchen work triangle” and how does it impact the design process?

This refers to the distance between your fridge, your cooker and your kitchen sink. Ensuring an easy flow between these 3 stations is integral to the design process.

What’s the best kind of flooring to install?

It depends entirely on your tastes and budget. Hardwood can look great in kitchens but standing water can cause issues if left unattended. Floor tiles can look amazing but can be cracked or chipped in exceptional circumstances. Linoleum is great for those on a budget but can cheapen the overall effect. It depends where your priorities lie!

Am I better off with quartz or granite countertops?

Both are fine choices, although quartz countertops are sealed making them more durable and completely non-porous. This makes them virtually zero maintenance.

Can a gas stove be added to an all electric home?

Some customers find that nothing quite beats cooking with gas. If your home is all electric, however, the most efficient solution is to run your stove on calor or propane gas which is stored in an external tank.

Can I reuse my existing cabinets?

Yes, absolutely! While many customers like a brand new exterior, keeping your existing cabinets can reduce your cost and lead times.

Do all of my new cabinets have to be in the same style / material/ colour?

We recognise that some people like to create contrasts in the kitchen, and who are we to argue otherwise? However, contrasting cabinets may incur additional costs / lead times.

Should my kitchen have an island?

If you want a kitchen island, absolutely it should. We would only say that islands have their caveats. They can make small spaces look even smaller and because they draw the eye they need to be kept immaculate at all times. If they look messy, the kitchen looks messy.

Does my cooker need to have a hood?

It’s not a legal requirement, but it is in your best interests. The hood extracts food odours as well as moisture from the cooking process. This helps to keep your kitchen fresh and clean.

Can I install dimmer lights in my new kitchen?

Absolutely! Whether you need complete visibility while you cook or you want to create a romantic ambience, it benefits a kitchen to have adjustable light and we’d be more than happy to dazzle you with a range of adjustable lighting solutions.

Will the renovation add value to my home?

Certainly. While there are many factors that go into exactly how much, on average a new kitchen will add around 5.8% to the value of your home.

What if something goes wrong with my installation?

No problem at all! We operate a 24 hour Emergency Response Service for your peace of mind. However, since we’re Gas Safe registered, you have the additional peace of mind that comes with knowing that a mishap is extremely unlikely.

Get in touch with is and see how we can help you to make your dream kitchen a reality. We can’t wait to work with you!

We are recruiting!

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

WeFIX currently is seeking to recruit fully qualified gas engineers and electricians to join our growing team of property maintenance experts as subcontractors.

Our salary offer is £60,000 per annum, but commission based and includes a £300 start-up bonus. The more you work the more you will earn!

Colleagues are provided with a company uniform, van, petrol card, and iPad to assist them in their duties along with a broader competitive benefits package. As West London’s fastest growing property maintenance company, WeFIX offers excellent career progression opportunities in a range of positions.

To find out more, please send your CV to info@wefixonline.co.uk.

WeFIX is proud to guarantee job interviews for suitably qualified veterans of HM Armed Forces.

Can I Repair My Own Boiler?

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

If you consider yourself something of a handy person to have around the home, then you may be eager and willing to fix whatever you can yourself, without having to spend money on professional help. Some jobs are tougher than others, however, and boilers can be some of the most complex (and potentially dangerous) appliances in the home.

So, can you fix your own boiler? What can you do to make sure it’s taken care of and what should you do when something goes wrong with it?

Can I repair my own boiler?

One of the fears of the DIYer is that they might end up spending more money than they need to on services that they didn’t necessarily need. Unless you’re certified to work with boilers, however, it’s dangerous to go tinkering by yourself. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing that you can do.

One step that might see some minor hiccups cured and a good place to start is resetting the boiler. If you have the manual for your boiler, it should tell you where the reset button is. In most cases, you need to press this for ten seconds. If the problem isn’t fixed after two resets, there’s something more complex wrong with it.

Bleeding your radiator

If you have your boiler turned on and you can hear it working, but your radiators aren’t heating up, then there are two likely causes. The first is that there’s a build up of sludge inside the radiators, made from corroded materials, dirt, and other debris. In this case, you need a professional to flush it and there’s little you can do yourself.

Otherwise, there may be pockets of air trapped inside the water in the radiator, that make it hard for warm water to travel through them effectively enough to keep them heated. If that’s the case, then bleeding the radiator may be your best bet. It can hard to tell the difference as to whether to bleed or flush a radiator, so it’s always worth trying the former.

Turn off your heating and find the valve of the radiator. Holding the key with a cloth, turn it anti-clockwise. If you hear a hissing noise, then that means trapped gas is escaping. It’s wise to have a plastic tray or cup beneath the valve as water can drip out, as well. Once you can no longer hear hissing, tighten the valve by turning the key clockwise again.

Fixing your thermostat

If you have an electronic thermostat, then issues with heating in the home may not have anything to do with the boiler system, itself. Rather, the thermostat might be the issue. Often, dead or low batteries are the culprit. Find your thermostat manual, figure out what kind of batteries it uses and how you can access the battery compartment. If the problem isn’t fixed when you replace the batteries, you may need the help of a professional.

The dangers of boiler DIY

Boilers aren’t just full of hot water. They’re gas appliances. This means that a poor fitting or fix can be extremely dangerous. One of the most serious risks of all is an explosion due to a gas leak. Another danger to be wary of is carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is an invisible odourless gas that can kill if enough is inhaled. Trying to fix your own boiler isn’t just unsafe, it’s potentially deadly.

What to do when your boiler is in trouble

Given the risks associated with trying to do too much boiler repair on your own, it’s wise to err on the side of caution (and sense) and to call a professional when you need to repair your boiler. Boiler repair teams like WeFix aren’t just experienced. We’re also certified, meaning that we have been trained to approach any and all boiler repair jobs with safety in mind first and foremost.

Furthermore, you need a team that’s ensured. This means that should any damage be done to your boiler or property during the repairs, you aren’t left handling the costs. If you try to do some DIY, even if you manage to avoid putting yourself in real danger, there’s a significant risk you might accidentally cause some damage. In the end, that’s only going to increase the costs of repairs.

When in doubt, it’s safe to err on the side of caution with the help of WeFix. Tell us what the problem is and we can provide an instant boiler quote and arrive in no time to ensure that you’re back up and running without any surprise fees or huge additions to the cost.

Get your free boiler installation quote – it only takes 30 seconds!

Plumbing Trends for your home this 2019

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Plumbing might seem dull and boring to you as a homeowner, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. There are so many new and interesting things that are being made possible by new plumbing trends, and you won’t want to ignore them if you want your bathroom to look and function to the highest standards possible.

To help you find out more, here are some of the most exciting plumbing trends for your home in 2019.

New Toilet Tech

The dual flush technology that has been around for a while is improving massively at the moment. And this is significant because the development of these improvements coincides with a drive towards water conservation that many people are focused on right now.

It means that people have the choice between a large flush, which uses more water, and a low volume flush, which uses a lot less. It means less water is wasted in the home each day and people can save money on their water bills throughout the year as well.

Hands-Free Faucets

You’ve probably used hands-free faucets before because they’re increasingly used in public restrooms as they reduce the spread of germs and make these spaces generally more hygienic. But they’re now becoming available in the home as well, bringing those same benefits to your bathroom.

These motor-activated faucets turn on and off when your hand gets close to the sensor, making them great bathroom or kitchen faucets for anyone worried about spreading germs and bacteria in the home. They come in a wide range of attractive options as well.

Wet Rooms

One of the big bathroom trends to emerge in recent years is a greater level of minimalism. People want to keep things simple and avoid design elements that make the bathroom feel overwhelmed. That’s where wet rooms come in; they offer minimalism and employ new plumbing trends.

They make use of things like tiered drainage systems, clever tiling strategies and steps to ensure the corner of the bathroom that acts as the wet room drains the water away. And all this means that there is no need for a frame or walls for the shower space at all.

Shower Sound Systems

Showers are evolving in other ways as well, with it now being possible to have LCD screens fixed to shower walls. These can then be used to play music safely while you’re in the shower through waterproof speakers. It’s never been easier to sing along to your favourite song while you shower.

These screens can do other things as well, such as allowing you to control the shower itself. You can adjust the temperature to your liking, change the water pressure or add more steam in some instances.

Plumbing might not sound like the most exciting aspect of your home, but innovations are happening right now and they’re changing homes for the better. If you’re thinking of making changes to your bathroom anytime soon, these are the kinds of ideas you should be looking to implement.

WeFIX launches veterans’ guaranteed interview scheme

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

WeFIX is delighted to commemorate Armed Forces Day 2020 by announcing that it will now guarantee job interviews for all veterans seeking to join the company, effective immediately. Applicants for jobs within the company will be asked to declare any prior military service, and later be individually contacted by a hiring manager to organise an interview.

This follows the Civil Service announcing its own Guaranteed Interview Scheme for veterans earlier this year which the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames also supports.

Austin Sharp, Managing Director of WeFIX says: 

“Our veterans develop a remarkable set of skills that can benefit any employer during their time in Service.Ex-Service personnel are dedicated, hard-working, and natural team-players. We stand to significantly benefit from integrating veterans into our workforce, and look forward to seeing the positive difference and added value they bring to WeFIX.

Conversely, this is also our way of giving back and thanking those who were willing to make an ultimate sacrifice for us. Veterans often have years of experience in the technical trades, but may not have converted this into recognised civilian qualifications. Guaranteeing interviews is an important step towards overcoming this barrier to employment, and we hope other employers begin to do so as well.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Austin Sharp is available for interview. To organise, please email info@wefixonline.co.uk, or call 07875196708.

AboutWeFIX:

Based in Richmond, WeFIX is South London’s leading family-owned plumbing and maintenance company. With an expanding staff and area of operations, it offers clients a range of services including boiler installation and repair, bathroom and kitchen installation, plumbing maintenance, emergency call-outs, and groundwork. WeFIX supports a range of charitable causes in the community, and offers school-leavers a very popular apprenticeship scheme.

Useful links:

Website: https://www.wefixonline.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeFixBoilersBathroomsKitchensLtd/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wefixltd/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wefix_ltd

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EICR regulations Regulations governing how landlords are required to maintain safe electrics across their properties changed on 1st June 2020. Landlords must now have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years, and provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and local authority if requested.

While more detailed information can be found on the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s website [1], rest assured that WeFIX’s growing electrics division will be able to support you in ensuring your properties are EICR compliant.

Austin Sharp, Managing Director of WeFIX says: 

“All of our qualified electricians are able to conduct full EICR compliant testing and subsequently provide the appropriate reports. As a company we have significant amounts of experience in ensuring compliance with often complex health and safety regulations, and can support both private landlords and larger estate agencies.

There can never be any shortcuts with health and safety compliance. Please do reach out to us, and we would be more than happy to discuss how we can help you ensure your properties are EICR compliant.”

WeFIX summer competition press release

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

WeFIX launches summer home engineering competition

WeFIX Services Ltd is delighted to launch a summer home engineering competition aimed at secondary-school aged children in the London Borough of Richmond Upon-Thames. 11-18 year-olds are invited to submit home engineering projects to WeFIX, where a panel of senior staff members will select the top three entries on 10th September. Winners will receive Amazon gift vouchers, and an opportunity to spend a day shadowing some of WeFIX’s tradespeople.

To enter, competitors should email a description of a common household problem to info@wefixonline.co.uk, along with how they propose to resolve it, ideally with a video of their invention as well. Winners will be contacted by 17th September, and announced on WeFIX’s website and social media feeds, subject to parental consent.

Austin Sharp, Managing Director of WeFIX Services Ltd says:

“Like many of my colleagues in the plumbing and construction sectors, I developed what has proven to be a lifelong interest in engineering while still at school. By partnering with local schools across Richmond and Teddington, I hope to spark today’s youngsters’ interest in what has proven to be a very rewarding career path.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Austin Sharp is available for interview. To organise, please email press@wefixonline.com, or call 07875196708.

About WeFIX:

Based in Richmond, WeFIX Services Ltd is one of South London’s leading property services companies. With an expanding staff and area of operations, it offers clients a range of services including plumbing, heating, electrics, roofing, and drainage. WeFIX supports a range of charitable causes in the community, and offers school-leavers a very popular apprenticeship scheme.

Useful links:

Website: https://www.wefixonline.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wefix-100357858414322/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wefixltd/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wefix_ltd

GDPR

WeFIX Services Ltd understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits our website or contacts us, and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described in our Privacy Policy, and in a manner that is consistent with our obligations and your legal rights. Please read our Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of our site, or occasion that you contact us. If you do not accept and agree with our Privacy Policy, you must stop using our site immediately.

For more information, please see https://www.wefixonline.co.uk/privacy-policy/.

WeFIX RAJA press release

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

WeFIX partners with British army regiment’s resettlement service

Following our recent commitment to guarantee job interviews for qualified military veterans, WeFIX is delighted to announce our latest partnership with RAJA, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association Job Agency.

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are the British Army’s premier pool of technical and engineering experts, and RAJA supports their personnel in finding sustainable employment post-military service.

Austin Sharp, Managing Director of WeFIX says:

“We look forward to seeing how our relationship with RAJA develops. As with any company, we are always seeking to attract the best and most qualified employees. Working with a unit such as REME’s resettlement agency allows us to do just this, while also supporting the veteran community.”

Warrant Officer Class 1 Craig Ham, RAJA Engineering Retention and Resettlement Consultant says:

“The Royal and Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is committed to supporting its personnel through and past their time in uniform. We are proud to do everything we can to support a successful transition into civilian life, and recognise that sustainable employment is key to this. Ultimately, RAJA exists to connect REME service leavers, veterans and reservists with prospective employers, so we always welcome new industry partners such as WeFIX.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Austin Sharp is available for interview. To organise, please email press@wefixonline.com, or call 07875196708.

About WeFIX:

Based in Richmond, WeFIX Services Ltd is one of South London’s leading property services companies. With an expanding staff and area of operations, it offers clients a range of services including plumbing, heating, electrics, roofing, and drainage. WeFIX supports a range of charitable causes in the community, and offers school-leavers a very popular apprenticeship scheme.

Useful links:

Website: https://www.wefixonline.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wefix-100357858414322/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wefixltd/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wefix_ltd

GDPR

WeFIX Services Ltd understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits our website or contacts us, and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described in our Privacy Policy, and in a manner that is consistent with our obligations and your legal rights. Please read our Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of our site, or occasion that you contact us. If you do not accept and agree with our Privacy Policy, you must stop using our site immediately. For more information, please see https://www.wefixonline.co.uk/privacy-policy/.

How to Look After Your Home’s Plumbing?

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

For most of our customers, plumbing, water, and gas systems aren’t something they tend to give much thought to. These are simply parts of wherever they live, and if there are any problems then they call us to fix them. While we are happy to help our clients, we would also first advise them to take appropriate preventative measures to ensure that their plumbing remains in good working order. These are some basic ways to look after your home’s plumbing:

  • Only flush human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. Some toilets’ piping systems are surprisingly delicate, and can become blocked with relative ease. Quite simply, they are not designed to process leftover food, wet-wipes, or sanitary products. Inappropriately disposing of these products in toilets tends either cause blockages in your home, or damage local neighbourhood sewage systems
  • Use a strainer in your kitchen sink. This will catch debris and waste from tasks such as washing-up, and allow you to appropriately dispose of them in a bin. Kitchen sink pipes can easily become blocked by lumps of food waste that accumulate in them. This may cause foul smells and prevent proper drainage. Prevention is always better than cure with this
  • Avoid using harsh chemical products. Although these may be effective at clearing blockages, they can often degrade and eat away at piping and plumbing systems. This has a tendency to require expensive repairs further down the line, whereas calling out a plumber in the first instance would likely have been a better solution
  • Invest in a set of elbow-length rubber gloves! A surprising number of plumbing problems can be sorted without professional help, but squeamishness prevents action from being taken against them. Gloves should help give you the confidence to undertake tasks such as unblocking sinks rather than allowing waste to enter piping.

How do I Become a Plumber?

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Technical trades have become increasingly popular career choices among young people in recent years. With demand for skilled tradespeople greater than supply, the technical trades offer exciting and fulfilling careers. We are often asked how to become a plumber, and this blog will offer some guidelines on we recommend individuals achieve this.

An informal way of entering plumbing is to work as a “plumber’s mate”. In many ways, you will be acting as a qualified plumber’s junior and supporting them in their work. Although this route allows you to start working immediately, you will not attain any formal qualifications, and are unlikely to fully realise your earning potential. It is also likely that potential clients will prefer to have work undertaken by a qualified tradesperson.

More traditionally, aspiring plumbers undertake a formal apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you will work for a company – usually for four years – interspersing your time with study periods. While a significant commitment, apprenticeships lead to years of work experience and recognised qualifications, all without incurring any debt. However, fewer and fewer companies are in a position to take on apprentice plumbers, WeFIX being one of those that do.

Another alternative is a fast-track City and Guilds Accredited Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies. This qualification takes 8-10 weeks, but does not offer any of the practical experience apprentices gain. Students are also required to pay for it themselves and only study theoretical basics, but are put in good stead for later career upscaling.

To find out more about our popular apprentice programmers, please email info@wefixonline.co.uk.

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